What is Kelly Olynyk’s secret weapon when it comes to success? The answer may surprise you

Heat forward Kelly Olynyk looks to pass the ball as Hawks center Miles Plumlee defends during the Miami’s victory Wednesday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

NEW YORK – The money was not required to be delivered on the spot. So Heat General Manager Andy Elisburg did not walk onto the court at Phillips Arena in Atlanta late in the first quarter Wednesday with a barrel full of cash and park it next to Kelly Olynyk’s seat on the bench.

Even so, everybody knew about the biggest accomplishment of Olynyk’s night during the Heat’s easy 115-86 victory.

“It’s a big night for him,” coach Erik Spoelstra said following the game. “Dinner, drinks, all of that is on him when we get to New York (for Friday’s game against the Knicks). I’m going to see if I can get a ticket to a play, bill his account.”

Two minutes after entering the game late in the first quarter Olynyk reached a $1 million “unlikely bonus” that was part of Elisburg’s plan last summer to fit Olynyk, Dion Waiters and James Johnson in under the cap with enough room to retain Wayne Ellington.

Olynyk had to play 1,700 minutes and his salary would go from $10.6 million to $11.6 million for this season (his contract minus the bonus is $50 million for four years). It was deemed unlikely because Olynyk’s season high during his four years Boston was 1,538 minutes, which came last season.

But it became more and more likely once Spoelstra and the Heat saw the type of player they were getting. Which leads us to the second biggest storyline of Olynyk’s night.

Soon after that cool million was assured, Olynyk went off on one of the hottest streaks of the season. In a span of 7:04 in the second quarter, Olynyk buried five consecutive 3-point shots, each one released with the confidence of a Stephen Curry, except they were coming off the hands of a 7-foot center.

During that span, the Heat went from an eight-point deficit to an eight-point lead and the Hawks never led again.

Olynyk was asked if wanted to stop the game and make it rain after he hit 1,700 minute mark.

“Yeah,” he said. “I felt like I should of. But instead I just made it rain.”

Rain threes.

Olynyk finished with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting (5 of 7 on threes). He added eight rebounds and five assists. And Spoelstra was thrilled, saying this is just what he envisioned when he would implore Olynyk to take advantage of his unique skills, especially on the perimeter.

“When he drilled up and launched after he hit a couple, we’re OK with that,” Spoelstra said. “It’s not just the staff, but his teammates are OK with that. He’s one of our very best shooters, he works on it all the time.

“It’s such a weapon, we want to be able to use it and he picks the right spots. It’s all because he’s thinking. His heart’s in the right place. He doesn’t want to just take all the shots. He wants to shoot open ones. He wants to also help other guys hit open shots and you love guys like that.”

And if something looked a bit different about Olynyk, it was. And it had nothing to do with his confidence or quick trigger.

For just the second time this season, Olynyk decided to shun the manbun and start the game in a headband to keep his shoulder-length locks in check.

The first time, in Boston, he finished with a career-high 32 points. Olynyk switched back to the bun during the game.

On Wednesday, he made five straight 3-pointers, oh, and an extra million.

So, with that kind of success Olynyk should think of starting every game with a headband, right? After all, it has become his secret weapon for success.

Well, Maybe not.

“I might retire it,” he said of the headband, which then certainly would find its way into the Headband Hall of Fame.

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